[Freedom-misc] What if RMS Really WAS President?

onpon4 at riseup.net onpon4 at riseup.net
Sat Jul 21 01:21:10 CEST 2018

There is no evidence for nor reason to suspect any increased risk coming  
about from genetic engineering. People have been mucking about with genes for  
thousands of years through selective breeding; genetic modifications are just  
a more targeted, much more efficient way of doing so. It also happens to be  
something that has already saved countless lives by making crops more  
efficient so that more people can be fed with the same amount of land.

If any GM crop has to be tested or specially labeled, then the message you  
are communicating is that uncontrolled changes are preferable over controlled  
changes, i.e. the naturalistic fallacy. More to the point, if you punish  
people for genetic engineering, you instead encourage them to waste energy  
and other resources doing the exact same thing by selective breeding, or by  
bombarding their crops with ionizing radiation (which is an "organic"  
technique that has been used in the past to produce new varieties).

The only way to be consistent, given the evidence, is to either require  
testing or special labeling for all genetic differences - which quickly  
becomes absurd given that any new member of a species is inevitably slightly  
different from its parents - or not require testing at all unless there is a  
good reason to expect it to be necessary.

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